Weekly Meeting: Lumberjanes vol. 1

Lumberjanes Vol. 1
Lumberjanes Vol. 1

Challenges:

  • None, this was an exciting birthday gift from Emily.

What You Should Know:

  • This is a graphic novel.  In this case a 4 volume collection of the comicbook.  It is not a complete story.
  • It is a fast read, but you need to look at the illustrations to understand the story.
  • It won 2 Eisner Awards.  One for best new series and one for best publication for teens.  The Eisner Awards are a big deal for graphic novels.
  • Think of this as a mix of Girl Scout camp meets magic/supernatural elements.
  • This is good for tween girls (age 9 and above)

Discussion

I didn’t find any discussion guide for this book.  That’s fine.  I have plenty I want to talk about.  I wish Girl Scout Camp had been like this.  By this I mean: supernatural.  Of the three camps I went to in Miami, two were over night camps.  I hated one of those two camps.  No, seriously hated.  Here is how much:

I hated GS Camp sooooo much.
Lumberjanes Vol. 1

I am a terrible speller, but at least I have technology to help me now.  I was miserable at the camp.  It was in a mangrove/coral forest.  There were scorpions.  It was muggy and hot.  The food was gross.  We swam in a crummy above ground pool.

The other camp was on The Keys.  We slept in chickees (thatched roof cottages with screen walls).  It was open and breezy.  The food seemed far better.  We swam in the ocean. This was the camp I loved.

Oh, there was also a day camp, which I spent most of my summers as a camper and eventually as staff.  That camp is home of my fondest and most vivid summer camp memories.

Very often we would play games pretending to be chased by zombies or ghosts, but our biggest concern was breaking an ankle in an valley of exposed coral rocks.  It was also the coolest part of the worst camp.  One summer I spent there (of very few) my cabin was on one side of the coral and the main camp was on the other.  We crossed it constantly.

My love for Girl Scout camp (despite detesting one specific camp), my love of merit badges, and the joy I find in supernatural adventures are three of the reasons I loved this graphic novel.  Mix it with girls who represent the various personalities girls have.  I think almost every girl will be able to identify with one, if not a couple, of these characters.  Their differences are their strengths and they accept each other’s quirks as they become tools to help them survive.

Media Tie In:

This has already been optioned to be a movie.  Given what Hollywood typically does girls, I am honestly worried.  A man has been hired to adapt something done by three amazing women.  The producer list is dominated by men.  I am not holding my breath on this adaptation, but I will probably see the movie.

Who Will Like This:

  • Graphic Novels are not for everyone, but I encourage you to try this one, especially if you are the parent of a girl.  It is a very easy read.  The story layout is easy to follow. The illustrations are clear and bold.  It is a good way to enter the medium.
  • If you like girl-positive stories.  No, I won’t stay they are strong women.  They aren’t women and being ‘strong’ is a annoying trope.  I am so sick of having to think about ‘strong women’.  It’s a bunch of shit.
  • If you are looking for a way to get a girl interested in reading something new or for a boy to experience comics/graphic novels from a different point of view, this is a good one.
  • If you like adventures with a bit of supernatural elements, you will like this.

Other Books Finished This Week:

  • Why Not Me? (The one winner of the GoodReads Choice Award that I read this year.)

 

 

 

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